Friday, May 21, 2010


On a recent cocktail blog post, a friend asked about the Moscow Mule recipe.
Here's a bit of history about the Mule. This cocktail's popularity began the shift from gin, the favored "white" liquor to vodka around 1950.
In 1941 this cocktail was "invented" by John Martin, a liquor distributor and Jack Morgan who sold ginger beer. Jack was also the manager of the Cock 'n' Bull Tavern on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Now the New York Herald credits the cocktail's invention to New Yorkers...not a big surprise there!!!!!
Whoever gets the became more popular on the west coast and was the top drink by 1943.
Legend has it that the Moscow Mule was served in a copper mug as part of it's marketing campaign. Everyone wanted the Moscow Mule Mug so the shift began from gin to vodka.
In 2009, Smirnoff brought back the Moscow Mule in an ad campaign calling it the "Smirnoff Mule"!!
1 part (big part) good vodka
2 parts ginger beer
dash of lime juice
sprig of mint
wedge of lime
copper mug (optional)
Mix ingredients.........DRINK!!!!

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